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Security stepped up at hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:25 29 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:50 09 March 2010

MENTAL health chiefs have stepped up security at one of their Suffolk hospitals following a series of break-ins.

A number of a laptops and a safe have been stolen from St Clements Hospital in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, in the last month.

MENTAL health chiefs have stepped up security at one of their Suffolk hospitals following a series of break-ins.

A number of a laptops and a safe have been stolen from St Clements Hospital in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, in the last month.

Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has now improved security at the site in a bid to deter would be thieves.

Staff are taking extra care to note any suspicious strangers around the hospital and there is a 24 hour security guard presence.

There have been four different break-ins in the run up to the festive period - the first of which happened overnight on November 27 and 28. On that occasion a laptop computer and a palm held computer were taken.

The next happened over the weekend between December 12 and 15 and two Hewlett Packard Compaq laptops, a cash box and a small quantity of cash were stolen from a filing cabinet.

A spokesman said the laptops did not contain any personal data and were mostly used for training purposes.

Overnight on December 19 and 20 thieves broke in but nothing was taken and on December 22 and 23 a safe was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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